Everbound by Brodi Ashton
"Ever since Nikki Beckett watched as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the dark Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity, she's been living a borrowed life. Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen—and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to help in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself. Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they'd anticipated—and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack—even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own."- summary from Amazon
I was hooked by Everneath and was so excited to start Everbound which was a wonderfully quick, compelling read. I flew through the book, loving every moment of Nikki's adventure in the Everneath with Cole and his friends. Ashton did a great job setting up the world and throwing some interesting twists into the whole mythology of the place. I loved Nikki and Cole's interactions, though I don't want them together romantically; they're fun bantering buddies to me and that's all. Jack and Nikki belong together and it was so sweet to see Nikki fighting so hard for him and their love. The ending was intriguing and I'm eager to see how things turn out in the final book, Evertrue.
Overall, a wonderfully imaginative spin on the Persephone myth and a solid second book in the trilogy.
FTC: Borrowed hardcover from library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.